I guest-blogged over at Let’s Visit Asia. Do drop by! Re-reading what I wrote… darn. I want to go back there!!
Perhaps crazy is relative, but you gotta admit that you’d want to check out these thingamajigs, yes? This is not a paid post, just a collection of cooky pieces I find really amusing!
The Banana Guard
Throwzini’s Knife Block
Nose Pencil Sharpener
Arty Party Paper Plates
Heart Shaped Teacup
Pretend you can take one of these items home. Which one would you go for and why?
Read Part 2 here.
This is for Twilight fans everywhere — a Twilight tag! Feel free to answer this tag on your site or in the comments section below. I nabbed this from a Twilight LJ-community. Oh, spoilers up ahead so beware.
Which book in the series is your favorite?
Eclipse. It had the most tension and nail-biting moments. C’mon, remember that tent moment with Edward and Jacob? How I would’ve wanted to be a fly on the wall for that scene!
How long did it take you to read the books?
A couple of days for each book. They were riveting!
Who introduced you to the books?
My friend Joffin from Blogkadahan. I had already seen them at bookstores but dismissed the series as a bubblegum vampire teen series. But when she stressed that these young adults were very well-written and quite gripping, I gave the books a second look and BAM! I was hooked.
To make things more fun, the questions have to reflect the chosen theme. For example, if the theme is “Royalty,” all questions should relate to royalty. If you were to be king/queen of a country, which country would you choose? Do you have a crush on anyone from the royal family? As much as possible, let’s not repeat the questions for added fun! You are also welcome to play more than once!
Let’s do cartwheels for our sixth weekend soiree!
The theme: BLOGGING - I am sure you have a lot to share about this theme.
My question for Person #1: What do you usually wear when you blog — office clothes, pajamas, or are you usually in the buff? Oooh, do share!
Last call! If you’d still like to join in, leave a comment with a link to your carnival entry. I’ll collate your entries on Sunday, Jan. 27 (MNL time) and will post the round-up within next week. You can learn more about the carnival here.
And hmmm, if books were food, oh boy, I sure would have a lot of half-eaten dishes!
This is a piece I wrote in two parts, as you will discover. It is an experience I share with my closest friends, and I’d like to share it with you. This is for women everywhere.
The Beginning – Bangkok, 2002
I was presented with a silver band topped with beautiful blue sapphires. It was an elegant ring without being too showy. I held my breath as I eyed each delicate stone. It was perfect for me, but I said no.
“You should buy it for yourself! Do not wait for a man to give you this!” The Thai saleslady barked at me.
I shook my head and said I wouldn’t mind waiting. I got myself a pair of diamond earrings instead.
Years later, I got the man of my dreams but not the sapphire ring. I wear my diamond earrings when I feel a surge of individuality and independence, but I still think of the ring from time to time. While my wedding ring fits me perfectly, it is not entirely who I am. Only that sapphire ring knows me.
The New Beginning – Bangkok, 2007
I was presented with a band of white gold topped with beautiful light blue sapphires. It was an elegant ring without being too showy. I held my breath as I eyed each delicate stone. It was perfect for me.
“Mister! You should get your wife something nice!”, the Thai saleslady barked at my husband.
I shook my head and said that I was getting it for myself.
The man of my dreams stood by me and smiled. He knew the story of this sapphire ring. Over five years, the ring of sapphires called out to me, and now it is wrapped snugly around my finger. I look at it fondly from time to time. While my wedding ring fits me perfectly, it is not entirely who I am. This sapphire ring — it knows me.
I am complete.
By Sybille.ch, via swissmiss
I think this will make mealtimes more interesting with the kiddies.
I got a call from a friend this morning with the opening line: “Is Heath Ledger dead?”
I go, “Well, good morning to you too. Is he?”
He goes, “It’s in the news.”
I go, “No way. No way. Nooooo. Didn’t Brad Renfro just die?” (A bit non-sequitur I know, but still.)
He says, “Check the internet!!!”
And so I do. And I see. And I read.
Heath Ledger is indeed dead. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!
Yes, I AM affected. He was one of my favorite actors. He’s handsome, carries himself well, and a damn good actor. C’mon, A Knight’s Tale, Casanova, The Order, Lords of Dogtown, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Four Feathers, Brokeback Mountain, and he’s playing the scary-looking Joker in the Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight.
And he’s only 28.
As I write this, no formal announcement has been made about the cause of his death. I don’t know how to end this entry because I AM affected.
*sniff* We will miss you, Heath.
If my favorite reads of 2007 were food, they would taste this way…
Quiver by Stephanie Spinner
Quiver would be a platter of olives and camembert cheese. In the beginning, you would wince at the saltiness and hate pitting the olives yourself. Gradually, the natural flavor of the olives will grow on you, and you’d find it tasting more playful with camembert. Quiver is classic and modern.
Quiver retells the legend of Atalanta. Abandoned in the woods when she was a baby because of her gender, Atalanta was saved by the goddess Artemis. Because of this, she dedicated herself to the goddess, vowing to stay chaste. Artemis grew up to be a highly skilled archer and swift runner much to the chagrin of her male peers. Tension comes when her King father rediscovers her and forces her to marry and produce an heir. Because of her loyalty to Artemis, she reaches a compromise with her father, one that will be threatened however by conniving gods and humans.
Carolyn 101 by Carolyn Kepcher
This business book would be a glass of sparkling champagne paired with cheese-filled mushrooms and prosciutto-wrapped melon slices. Business-like but not formal, behaved with a hint of playfulness — like talking to an ex-boss who becomes your good friend.
You may remember Carolyn Kepcher as Donald Trump’s left-hand woman in “The Apprentice.” I liked how she was so strong and smart, a power woman indeed. In this book, she shares strategies for the workplace, inspired from her own experiences. She talks about how to kick ass in your interviews, how to dress, how to manage people, how to handle a difficult boss, and more. The career advice is basic and solid. I also liked how she shares her experiences in balancing her demanding work with building a family. And she’s not as harsh as she seems to be on the show! She is driven, hardworking, an empowered woman. I salute her!
The Cosmic Ordering Service by Barbel Mohr
A salad made from dark greens, slices of prosciutto, shavings of parmesan cheese, sliced black olives, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Yum! If this book were food, this is what it would be for me. That’s because if I could order anything right now, it would be that dish!
The Cosmic Ordering Service is essentially a book on positivity, but one that teaches a specific technique on how to get what you want. Barbel Mohr teaches us how to “place an order with the universe” and fulfill your wishes. Interesting. I highly associate it with the Visualization Exercise, but there’s more to it than just that. It tells of listening to your inner self, knowing what and how to order, and shares tips on keeping that positive vibe going. It’s that ordering that takes some practice and some getting used to. Keep an open mind when reading this!
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maughan
This story of a love betrayed but kept would be an arugula salad with thin strawberry slices. The rocket leaves are terribly bitter to me, but the little bites of sweetness would keep the dish from being a waste. One would hope that with each bite, the strawberries’ tang would overpower the peppery taste of the leaves.
The Painted Veil is a story set in the 1920s, about a young newlywed couple. Walter is a bacteriologist, Kitty an upperclass woman. Their differences pull Kitty into a spiral of betrayal. Upon discovering her infidelity, Walter accepts a post in cholera-ridden Mei Tan Fu, a remote village in China, and takes her along. It is in this isolated part of the world that they try to rebuild their love and hope, learn, how to forgive. Read more here.
The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
If Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse were food, it would be an almost complete meal.
Twilight would be a plate of buffalo wings and a rootbeer float – a push-your-sleeves-to-your-elbows-and-dig-in kind of meal. It is a simple meal, enjoyed in an informal setting but one that will make you crave for the next course.
New Moon would be hotdogs, popcorn, and two tumblers of Coke – food best shared with your best friend, food perfect for a movie date… with your best friend? I feel a little tension. Dun dun dun. But then a sliver of dark chocolate makes its way to your meal. The sweetness of the chocolate would complement the saltiness of your meal well, but it would leave a taste in your mouth that would want you craving more, more, more…
Eclipse would be a double cheese pepperoni pizza, served with a tumbler of Coke AND a glass of expensive red wine. You’ll gnaw on the tip of your pizza wondering which drink to wash it down with best. Will you go for the classy red wine – smooth, sophisticated, alluring? Or will you wash it down with the soda – fizzy, alive, sweet? Your pizza would taste just as delicious with either drink, but you would eventually have to choose just one.
What would complete this whole meal? Breaking Dawn coming out!
The Twilight Series is about a teenage girl named Bella Swan who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire who thirsts for her blood and HER. This unconventional relationship is further complicated by the introduction of Jacob Black, Bella’s best friend turned werewolf turned deeper infatuation. It is indeed a love triangle, but one that is told in a fresh and consuming manner by Meyer. More, more, more please!
Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
This book is a bottle of olives. It is also a platter of sliced cheese. It is a bottle of salsa. It is a bowl of nachos. It is a cup of jalapenos. It is a saucer of mushrooms. It is a serving of ground beef. Each ingredient is good eaten on its own. But combine all these in one huge bowl and you’ll have a heaping fusion of flavors that work well together. All the tastes are connected, all the flavors become one.
Realm of Possibility is a series of poems, each one written by a character from one high school. Each person’s voice contributes to a rich range of topics – struggling with relationships, love unrequited, sexuality, discrimination, identity crisis, friendship. Levithan gives each character his own style of expression – there are song lyrics, poems, essays. Each entry is poignant, but read between the lines and you will see how connected all the voices are. So while connecting with each voice is a filling experience, discovering the connections among voices makes it an illuminating one.
The Bride Stripped Bare by Nikki Gemmell
It is black truffle ice cream – creamy, sensuous, captivating.
The Bride Stripped Bare is about a woman who disappears and leaves behind a diary that chronicles her sexual awakening. On the surface, she was a happy, content wife. But on her journal’s pages, she was a woman with a repressed and insatiable appetite for sexual discovery. Inspired by an Elizabethan manuscript that talked of women’s true desires, she begins living by its philosophies. She discovers the enthralling fulfillment of her own desires, but struggles with the double life she leads.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Pumpkin soup with pieces of bread, a glass of water to wash it down. Follow this with a croissant with a sliver of chocolate and marshmallows melted inside, and sparkling cranberry juice to complement it. Simplicity followed by a rich mesh of flavors and flavors.
The Book Thief is narrated by Death. It is a story of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl put in a foster home after her mother becomes unable to care for her and her brother. Upon the death of her brother, she finds herself taken in by Hans and Rosa Hubermann, who she comes to call mother and father. The story is set at the height of Hitler’s power and times begin to be difficult for the family. The Hubbermans cope with needing to be part of the Party, hiding a Jew in their basement, and dealing with the violence and grey skies war brings. Liesel steals books as way of coping, and she learns to find solace in words.
The Book Thief is enchanting and for lovers of words. I highly highly highly recommend this book.
I had more to relish last year, but these were the best of the feast. I hope you get to taste them too!
The If books were food carnival’s deadline is by the end of the week, so to those still interested, do go on and write about your book feasts soon and let me know where to find it.
1. They’re shooting in Oregon. And shooting begins end-February. That’s almost a month from now!
2. They’re shooting part of the movie in Kalama High School. I thought they were going to use the actual Forks High School, the same school Bella goes to in the book. Perhaps they’ll still shoot there for establishment shots, just my thoughts.
3. They’re still casting Jacob Black. Who’s playing the 15-year-old Jacob Black? We don’t know yet!
My source: Twilight Lexicon of course!
I have a Jacob Black suggestion, though I think he’ll be hot property soon:
Flixster – Share Movies
To make things more fun, the questions have to reflect the chosen theme. For example, if the theme is “Massage,” all questions should relate to massages. Have you ever had a hot stone massage? Have you ever received a massage you didn’t like? As much as possible, let’s not repeat the questions for added fun! You are also welcome to play more than once!
A toast to our fifth weekend soiree!
The theme: ADVICE
My question for Person #1: Could you give me advice on how to avoid pressing the snooze button too many times in the mornings?
We had our heart set on tuna and salmon sashimi, but when we passed by a restaurant offering Corned Beef Sinigang, all the cravings for Japanese food were put aside.
H & I made ourselves comfortable at Windows Cafe, enjoying the calming ambiance as we placed our orders. The menu promised many tasty dishes, and so we chose those that seemed to scream “You gotta try me!!!”
For our appetizer, we chose the Kani Cheesesticks. Crabsticks and cheese rolled in molo wrapper, then fried to a crisp. Each order was served with a wasabi mayo dip. I liked that they looked chunky!
“The internet thrives on the generosity of people,” my friend Peachy said. Interesting thought.
Look at YouTube. Wikipedia. Flickr. Blogs. Photobucket. Pandora. Myspace. Facebook. b5media blogs and the like. Widget creations. Scrabulous. These sites and applications flourish because of people who are willing to share their work, their art, their thoughts, their time. While not all motivations for sharing are the same, the fact is that somehow, somewhere, it connects with and helps others — whether it is just with one person or a vast number of people.
Even if there continue to be bogus sites and spammers, there are many communities that practice responsibility, fairness and integrity. It is through groups agreeing to uphold these values that the internet becomes a good example of cooperation and generosity.
So thanks guys. Thanks for sharing a little part of yourself online. Whether it is in the form of a free image, a how-to blog entry, a food review, technical resources, a funny video or a life reflection, you give me something new to learn every time I go online. Your generosity triggers ideas, inspires action, or just plain makes me laugh, making every day even more interesting,